Author: Amanda Pritts
I’d like to start this by very briefly mentioning the Moynihan Report, which gives many great points about the black community and the reasons behind concentrated poverty. It also goes into depth about the all-around opportunities that are being missed out on by the residents in those communities. The Moynihan Report states that isolation and segregation from opportunity creates a culture of poverty. If not interrupted, the culture will then produce negative outcomes that produces in effect dysfunctional behavior. The government, who I personally believe thrive off of these dysfunctions administers welfare and food stamps into the community, this then furthers the community’s crime and poverty rate.
This essentially creates what psychologists call a ‘Self-fulfilling prophecy.’ This is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behavior. Essentially, the communities will view themselves as oppressed, the government reaffirms that belief, actually causing them to become oppressed.
This then becomes a never ending cycle for those communities. How do we stop it? According to the Moynihan Reports, someone or something has to stop the cycle. This is correct, however the communities believe the ones who are obligated to step in, is the government. Which as I explained before, is what causes the self-fulfilling prophecy. Government programs year after year have been proven ineffective. The inhabitants of the community can complain to their party of choice all day long, the party then returns to Washington D.C. where nothing is done about it. Why? Because this keeps them in control of the communities.
How do we help those communities then? We reach them the way we reach any other community - we start by telling the truth and facing the hard facts about the community in question. The solution though it seems complicated, is actually quite simple. The solution is in the people themselves.
We start by facing the fact that over 70% of kids in black communities are born out of wedlock. The single mother rate jumped from 20% to over 70% in the same time the civil rights movement made tremendous strides. Therefore, it is not a correct assessment to say single-motherhood has anything to do with racism. It has been proven in multiple studies over the years, that you cannot build a solid social structure when one of the parents is gone or in prison. The single parent is guaranteed to make significantly less than a married couple would before reproducing. This will then land them on an impoverished level of income, more than half the time resulting in welfare.
It’s an unfortunate and controversial fact that the deciding factor of income inequality does not come from racism, it comes from culture. It is a fact that less and less black kids each year are graduating high school, while at the same time shooting each other at significantly higher rates than whites are shooting each other, this then lands them in prison for felonies. If they are released, this makes it hard if not impossible to find jobs, especially ones that will pays more than minimum wage. This will then put into place a new cycle of crime and poverty. It is a fact that 13% of the population is responsible for 50% of the murder. It is absurd to think cops are walking into bad neighborhoods and rounding up the blacks who live there to fulfill the idea of racially motivated imprisonment. In fact, the number of blacks being shot by police for no reason is nowhere to be found statistically, instead what we find is white men in the same situation, are more likely to be shot by police than a young black man. The default argument, when there’s no other solution, cannot be ‘racism’. There is no solution in that.
When we take a look at the idea of institutionalized racism, the argument must be, ‘Individualized racism vs Institutionalized racism.’ This begs the question, is it an entire institution that is racist, or is it a few individuals that make it seem that way? The underlying factor when we discuss institutionalized racism, is we need to find what law is racist in intent, and what law is blanketed across the entire institution that will prove it is in fact rigged against blacks, and not just racist individuals who attend.
We cannot fight against a vague idea, you must demonstrate evidence on how an institution is racist. The idea that institutionalized racism exists, just because racism is somewhere out there in the world is not an argument. Once you narrow down what law is proven to be racist against a group of individuals, it is then possible to fight and take legal action against it. Until then, using a broad term like ‘institutionalized racism’ to justify a person’s failures, is then only a deflection to absolve all responsibility and possible blame that could be otherwise proven. To say institutionalized racism is a fact, we must make a case of if the institution has racism vs if the institution is in fact racist. To make a blanket statement as ‘institutionalized racism’ is to also say that US is racist as well, as a general rule, which is incorrect.
When we look at the example of racism is cops, are all police officers racist, or just a few? Percentage does in fact matter when we’re discussing cases like these. We have to be able to use specific instances which can be solved, again, not blanketed terms.
Let’s take a look at the Baltimore riots back in 2015, BLM called it an ‘uprising’. An uprising against what? A black police chief? A mostly black police force? A black Mayor, President, and Attorney General? How about the city council who 9/15 were black, and the others were elected Democrats? It is not useful to the cause, or community to riot, break things, or destroy local businesses. You’re essentially pissing where you live. Uprisings suggest a lack of values, not a justified revolution or movement.
From there we must then look at the idea of justified outrage. The idea of justified outrage is ridiculous. Essentially this means the more angry and outraged a person is the more justified they are. This is a recipe for disaster, and an excuse for chaos and destruction.
When we look at BLM as a whole, is it also based on a broad statement, that suggests the majority of people don’t care about blacks, which has been proven untrue not only by the laws that have been put in place against racism, but the specific scholarships, T.V. channels, programs, etc. to help black communities. BLM tries to essentially draw a trend from an anecdote. To draw a trend, we must first prove the trend exists, which has yet to be done in their favor. In fact, the trend as stated previously, has instead been proven to show that more whites are shot by cops than blacks. Therefore, the entire basis of BLM is in fact based around a false broad statement.
The problems with movements such as these, is they fail to pin down a certain statistically proven problem. Instead, as stated above, they are based around an anecdote which will begin to snowball as selected instances that support the narrative are added into the group.
Followers in this movement like to believe inequality equals inequity, which has yet to be statistically proven. When children then grow up in these environments, believing that every obstacle they will face and every problem they will have is derived from racism, not their actions, this will only continue the cycle of poverty and crime instead of uplifting these communities by automatically making the children believe they’re at a disadvantage.
To uplift these communities, the inhabitants need a step by step success plan. Of course, they would be different for everyone, but the overall broad rule consists of only three things.
In order for anyone to be able to pass blame on someone or something else in their lives, first you have to complete these three steps, otherwise you’re only disadvantaging yourself. The way to fix these communities, again, rests on the people who live there.
Everyone has the power to change their futures, their communities and themselves, but it starts with that initiative, and accepting responsibility for your actions. Without doing those, the cycle continues, and will continue for as long as the inhabitants allow it. These communities cannot be dependent on the government, they must instead be dependent on capitalism. Once that happens, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel for these communities, and the cycle will inherently stop. There communities will improve, and so will the futures for their children.
Thank you for reading,